Just how seriously Apple takes secrecy might now no longer be a secret. According to court filings made by Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies, which has filed for bankruptcy protection, Apple penalizes suppliers $50 million for each unauthorized leak of product information.
The NFC Forum recently launched its "Tap Into NFC" Developer Program, which includes a website and a Twitter contest running Oct. 16-23. Using #Tapin2NFC, developers are invited to share what they like most about the program and site, including favorite products from the product showcase. A winning tweet will be selected at random and the winner will receive an NFC-enabled wearable device. FierceDeveloper got more details on the program and the future of NFC in this conversation with Paula Hunter, the NFC Forum's executive director. This interview has been edited and condensed.
It's the unicorn of the tech world--an Apple product that transforms the television business. And according to tech analysts and investors, the Cupertino, Calif., manufacturer may finally be close to having it baked. In fact, none other than Carl Icahn himself has said "there is good reason" to suspect Apple will have a disruptive Ultra HD device on the market by 2016.
GT Advanced Technologies, a sapphire manufacturer that had a deal with Apple and filed for bankruptcy last week, said it will cut 890 jobs and shutter factories in Arizona and Massachusetts.
Apple is set to launch its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, on Oct. 18, according to an internal Walgreens memo. The memo, first reported by MacRumors, indicates that launch date, but it's unclear if the service will go live then or a little before.
The Internet of Things may turn out to be primarily an Apple thing, based on a recent update of Apple TV that includes support for HomeKit, sparking some bewilderment among developers.
Apple has pushed the start of production for a larger iPad tablet with a 12.9-inch screen to early next year so that its suppliers can keep up with demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phablet, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Meanwhile, Apple sent out invitations to a media event on Oct 16, where the company is widely expected to unveil updated versions of its iPads alongside new desktop and laptop computers.
Apple maintained its dominance in the U.S. smartphone market over the summer, according to the latest figures from research firm comScore. Given the boffo opening sales weekend Apple had for its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that lead is likely to swell through the fall.
Ericsson's research and development (R&D) division said it has released the only WebRTC browser for iOS, as it revealed it is making the browser open source to boost development.
The race for third place in the tablet market is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS and other emerging vendors.